By Liz Ohanesian
We can't fault the person who thinks there are no female DJs playing this year's Coachella. After all, Annie Mac -- whose affiliation with BBC Radio 1 makes her pretty high-profile -- is buried one row from the bottom of the third-day line-up. (One other lady DJ, Alison Wonderland, is in the smallest font for day two.)
In 2015, U.S. audiences have come to expect that festivals will -- maybe -- book a couple female DJs and then list them somewhere in the flyer equivalent of fine print. It's an ongoing issue in contemporary EDM that has been repeatedly raised in some must-read articles by Thump writer Michelle Lhooq among others. Meanwhile, late last year, Forbes released a girl-DJ trend piece in the vein of stories that have been popping up since the 1990s.
Contrary to what the folks at Forbes may think, female DJs aren't a new thing. Women are a part of the history of dance music -- not just as the vocalists, but as the people who produce tunes and play them at clubs and festivals.More »